SUNY Geneseo People in the News

October 2018

  • Professor Maria Helena Lima of Geneseo’s Department of English was quoted in Pipe Dream, the SUNY Binghamton student newspaper. Lima attended a recent University Faculty Senate meeting at the school where SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson spoke about some of her goals for the SUNY System, which include bolstering online offerings and increasing faculty diversity.

  • Nicholas Palumbo, interim director of leadership and service, was featured on 13 WHAM news along with Andrew Goodman Ambassador students for their efforts to register students to vote. Students who were featured in the interview included Dilynn Livesey, Leah Christman and Patrick Buckley.

  • Michael Leroy Oberg, Distinguished Professor of History, was part of a discussion on WXXI’s Connections With Evan Dawson on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test and how it relates to Native American identity.
  • Michael Leroy Oberg, Distinguished Professor of History, was interviewed for a Syracuse NewTimes article about Columbus Day and the efforts to establish an Indigenous Peoples Day. Oberg is currently working on a book about the history of the Onondaga Nation. The Onondaga Reservation is located just south of the city of Syracuse.
  • Associate professor of psychology, James Allen, contributed an article, “Happiness is a Social Safety Net,” to the Livingston County News. Allen’s book, The Psychology of Happiness in the Modern World: A Social Psychological Approach, was published in 2017 by Springer Publishing.
  • The Catholic Courier featured Bill Cook, Distinguished Teaching Professor and emeritus professor of history at SUNY Geneseo, in a story about his philanthropic work. The Bill Cook Foundation began in 2015 to provide educational opportunities for some of the world’s poorest children. With Cook devoting himself full-time to its operation, the foundation has raised nearly $1 million while helping children in some 23 countries in Africa, Central America, South America, Asia and Europe. 

  • Professor of philosophy Carlo Filice has written an essay, "Why is There a World," that appears in the October/November issue of Philosophy Now, a bimonthly magazine that aims to bring philosophical content to the wider public. Felice, who was on sabbatical during the Spring 2018 semester had an earlier essay published in the February/March issue of the same magazine entitled, "Free Will is Still Alive." To add to this prolific achievement, in May, CounterPunch published Filice's essay, “The First ‘Fake News' Story (Or, What the Serpent Would Have Said).” Both Philosophy Now and CounterPunch are open-access journals, though Philosophy Now has a four-article-per-month limit.

September 2018

August 2018

  • Bill Cook, Distinguished Teaching Professor and emeritus professor of history at SUNY Geneseo has penned another commentary for the Livingston County News. His latest opinion piece is titled, “Lessons: Becoming educated citizens begins with parents teaching children.”
  • Meaghan Arena, vice president of enrollment, was quoted in a Livingston County News story about students returning to Geneseo and the start of the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Alana Coopersmith ‘19, a political science major with a minor in communications, served as an editorial intern at NYMetroParents this summer. She recently penned an article for the magazine about children’s learning styles and how it influences learning.

  • Jun Okada, an associate professor of English whose research centers on Asian-American film, was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor about the casting controversy in the new film, Crazy Rich Asians.

  • Faculty member Beth McCoy, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, was a member of a panel of area college professors on WXXI's Connections with Evan Dawson who discussed inspiring college course and how they influenced creativity in their own course offerings.

  • Geneseo alumnus Kaitlin Pfundstein ’18, was featured in the Long Island newspaper Newsday. Pfundstein, an English major with certification in adolescent education and a psychology minor, shared her experience with the post-graduation choices of graduate school or work.

July 2018

  • Akil Aljaysh, adjunct lecturer of Arabic in the Department of Languages and Literatures, appeared on WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson. Aljaysh, who is from Iraq and also serves as a refugee cases manager at Catholic Family Center, was a guest for a discussion about the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

May 2018

  • Dean of Students Lenny Sancilio, who also serves as president of the HazingPrevention.Org board of directors, was included in a Trusteeship Magazine story on dealing with hazing at colleges and universities. The magazine is published by the American Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
  • The Associated Press published a story about Geneseo student Derek Schrank running for the Greece, N.Y., school board. The story was picked up by numerous media across the state and country.
  • The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle published an op-ed piece by Michael Oberg, SUNY Distinguished Professor of History, calling for increased state support for Native American SUNY students.
  • Nick Warner, assistant professor of geological sciences, was the focus of stories in the Livingston County News, the Batavia Daily News and WROC-TV in Rochester on his involvement with NASA's InSight mission to Mars. 

April 2018

  • Tom Matthews, associate dean for leadership and service, and student Kam Kostolansky, were interviewed by Channel 13 TV in Rochester for a story on Livingston CARE's recent hurricane relief trip to Puerto Rico. Other SUNY schools will be joining Geneseo in additional work trips to Puerto Rico as part of an initiative by Gov. Cuomo to aid the struggling island. 
  • In a story in U.S. News & World Report on Admitted Student Days, Director of Admissions Kim Harvey is quoted on the challenges of the college selection process.
  • Betsy Colón, grants management associate, and seniors Brianna Pollard and Michael Wall were among guests on the WXXI radio program "Connections" with Evan Dawson during a discussion of hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. The group discussed their recent trip to the island as part of a Livingston CARES hurricane relief effort. Listen to the program.
  • Ron Herzman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, was interviewed on Geneseo's campus radio station, WGSU, about his 49-year career at Geneseo. Listen to the interview. Herzman will deliver his farewell lecture April 13 at 4 p.m. in 202 Newton Hall.

March 2018

  • Inside Higher Education featured Geneseo's Physics and Astronomy Department. Quote in the story were President Battles, Department Chair Charlie Freeman, faculty members Kurt Fletcher and Savi Iyer, and students Barak Stockler and Alexis Irwin.
  • A story on the College pursuing a study abroad program in Cuba ran in The Livingston County News.
  • 13WHAM TV in Rochester were among media with stories on Geneseo being among the top schools in the country in Relay for Life fundraising efforts.
  • Student Austin Giorgio (Yarton) was featured in several media, including, on being selected to be on celebrity Blake Shelton's team on the NBC program "The Voice." 

February 2018

  • President Denise A. Battles was quoted in a Rochester Business Journal story on Geneseo being a top producer of Fulbright students.
  • Head women's lacrosse coach Carly Ritchlin was featured in a recent Rochester Democrat & Chronicle "Hot Jobs" column, which noted that the number of positions for coaches and scouts in the Finger Lakes region is expected to grow steadily through 2022.

January 2018

  • An opinion feature by Heather Carrera, nutrition and wellness coordinator in Campus Auxiliary Services, was published in the fall/winter issue of Campus Dining Today magazine. In the feature, Carrera laid out a series of tips and techniques for meeting students’ dietary needs and preferences. She included a broad selection of SUNY Geneseo examples, including how plant-based eating is prioritized in the College’s dining facilities and citing the College’s status as the #2 gluten-friendly campus in the country.

December 2017

  • The College was included in an Inside Higher Ed story about this year's early admissions successes.
  • Mark Scott, executive director of Campus Auxiliary Services, was among guests on the WXXI radio program "Connections" with Evan Dawson during a discussion of the sourcing of food from local farms. Listen to the program.

November 2017

  • Avan Jassawalla, professor of business, was quoted on the website AllAfrica on the value of IT and technology vendors to business.
  • Travis Bailey, assistant professor of biology, featured his work on regenerative biology in conquering vision loss on the radio program "The Academic Minute." The program is syndicated on stations in North America and streamed internationally via the Web. 
  • Jim Allen, associate professor of psychology, was on the WXXI program "Connections" with Evan Dawson discussing his new book, "The Psychology of Happiness in the Modern World."
  • Student Yutaro Bannai had a "Living and Learning" reflection published in The Japan News on his experience as an international student at Geneseo, focusing on his experience auditioning for The Chamber Singers and the support provided by Gerard Floriano, professor and chair of the Department of Music, and director of the Chamber Singers.
  • Kevin '75 and Nancy '76 Gavagan's $500,000 gift to the college received a "Thumbs Up" on the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle editorial page 

October 2017

  • The $500,000 gift to Geneseo from alumni Kevin '75 and Nancy '76 Gavagan was featured in the Rochester Business Journal.
  • Leigh O'Brien, professor of education, was a source in a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story on the shortage of occupational, physical and speech therapy grads. 
  • Sharon Peck, associate professor of education, was on the WXXI radio program "Connections" with Evan Dawson addressing advocacy for pre-K special education. She also was on the program in May discussing school-age literacy and Children's Book Week.
  • Raslan Ibrahim, assistant professor of political science and international relations, was interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Arabic Radio on President Trump's policy toward Iran.
  • The Genesee Sun published a story on Ronald Herzman receiving the college's first faculty Career Achievement Award.
  • Michael Oberg, SUNY Distinguished Professor of History, was a guest on the WXXI program "Connections" with Evan Dawson during a discussion on changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day. Listen to the program.
  • Colin Zestcott, assistant professor of psychology, was quoted in a Washington Post story on why people are more apt to give blood after a disaster than during a blood drive and the psychological theories of terror management.
  • Broadway World has published a story on the Boston Premiere of "Elemeno Pea," written by Geneseo alumna and playwright Molly Smith Metzler '00.

September 2017

  • The involvement of Geneseo students in this year's Rochester Fringe Festival was highlighted in a Livingston County News story.
  • President Battles was included in a Rochester Business Journal story on new leadership in the Rochester area.
  • Sam Cardamone, associate director of study abroad and international programs, and student Allison Maier were guests on the WXXI radio program "Connections with Evan Dawson" discussing the application of study abroad experiences to daily life.
  • Geneseo was included in a Buffalo News story on the increasing number of downstate students enrolling in local SUNY colleges.
  • Several publications have included Geneseo's strong showing in the latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings including the Buffalo News and Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
  • The Public Domain Review has published an essay by Yvonne Seale, assistant professor of history, in which she examines genealogical scholarship related to George Washington's descendancy. Read her piece here.
  • The Batavia Daily News interviewed Nick Warner, assistant professor of geological sciences, about a large asteroid that will soon be passing relatively close to Earth. Read the story.
  • WXXI radio interviewed Wendy Pogozelski, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry, on a study she co-authored concluding that excess carbohydrates instead of fats, are more harmful to our health. Read the web version here.

August 2017

July 2017

WXXI radio interviewed Alexis Clifton, executive director of the Open Educational Resources Program at Geneseo, on SUNY's new partnership with OpenStax, a national open textbook initiative, and how the program encourages the use of free online textbooks.
Student Health and Counseling Director Dr. Steven Radi was a major source in a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story on health matters students should consider in preparing themselves for college. 
The Livingston County News published a story on AACSB extending accreditation for the School of Business.
Geneseo's participation in the 200th birthday celebration of Henry David Thoreau was included in a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story on the event.
Jennifer Apple, associate professor of biology, was quoted in a story in the Livingston County News about volunteers working to curtail the spread of invasive species.
Susan Romano, director of financial aid, was included in an Albany News Journal story on the surge of SUNY applications as word spreads about the Excelsior Scholarship Program.
The School of Education's RYSAG summer program on "The Road to Mars" was featured in the Livingston County News.
The performance of alumnus Justin Vossler on the Jeopardy! program was closely followed by The Livingston County News.

June 2017

Michael Mills, director of national scholarships and fellowships and a semiotician, was quoted in a Mashable story on the real meaning of emojis in Twitter handles.
Susan Romano, director of financial aid, was interviewed for a WHEC-TV (Rochester) story on the Excelsior Scholarship Program.
The Livingston County News published a story on Geneseo receiving a state grant to target underage drinking and drug use.
The Livingston County News published a story on Geneseo being instrumental in SUNY's new partnership with OpenStax, a national open textbook initiative.
WHAM-TV in Rochester ran a story on Geneseo hosting a training session for law enforcement officers on responding to sexual assault.

May 2017

The Livingston County News published a story on Molly Smith Metzler's keynote address at commencement.
The Livingston County News published a story on 71-year-old student who graduated this year.
The Buffalo News published an essay on driver's license availability for immigrants written by Jennifer Guzman, assistant professor of anthropology.
Rochester's WHAM-TV ran a story on Geneseo being one step closer to an educational partnership organization with Rochester's
School 19.

April 2017

President Denise A. Battles was among local female college presidents profiled in a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle feature on women breaking through glass ceilings.
Geneseo was included in a PRNewswire distribution on the School of Business receiving an extension of its AACSB International accreditation in business.
The Livingston County News published an advance on the address of GREAT Day keynote speaker Erich Jarvis.
Rochester's WHEC-TV broadcast a story on Geneseo being among colleges designated a "Voter Friendly Campus."
The Livingston County News and Genesee Sun published stories on Geneseo raising more than $160,000 for the annual Relay for Life event.

March 2017

  • Lynette Bosch, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Art History and chair of the Department of Art History, provided comments in a Christian Science Monitor story on the impact of the "fearless girl" statue on Wall Street.
  • Stacey Robertson's appointment as Geneseo's new provost received attention in several publications, including the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and The Livingston County News.
  • Several media covered the Storybook Program, an applied learning initiative in Lecturer Ginni Jurkowski's "Features and Opinion Writing" course in the Department of Communication. View the video feature aired on Rochester's WROC-TV.
  • The Livingston County News published a story on Geneseo again ranking among the top colleges for producing Peace Corps volunteers.

February 2017

  • Alumnus Tyler Brickler was included in a New York Times story on the South Korean Olympic team recruiting North American players.
  • The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle published a front-page story on the Geneseo's women's basketball team succeeding in the wake of tragedy.
  • Rob DiCarlo, associate director for internship opportunities in the Office of Career Development, provided some tips for a story on obtaining internships in College Recruiter.
  • Several news media, including the Rochester Business Journal, reported on Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences Nick Warner's involvement in the decision on where to land the Mars 2020 rover.
  • The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle published an op-ed by Michael Oberg, SUNY Distinguished Professor of History, titled "A case for civic education."
  • Jeff Koch, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, was a source in a story about President Trump's immigration order distributed among several USA Today network affiliates, including the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, Ithaca Journal and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
  • published a story on the perseverance of the women's basketball team following the loss of two of its team members the past year. Included in the story are comments from head coach Scott Hemer.

January 2017

  • Faculty member Glenn McClure’s visit to Antarctica to gather scientific data for composing music was featured in "City Newspaper" in a December edition.
  • Professor of English Rachel Hall and her first book, "Heirlooms," were featured in "585" magazine.
  • An article by Anthony Macula, professor of mathematics, appeared in the January 2017 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. In it, Macula reflects on his experience as a Congressional Fellow, sponsored by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read article here; full publication here.
  • SUNY Distinguished Professor of History Michael Oberg was the guest on the WXXI-Radio program "Connections" with Evan Dawson for a discussion on George Washington's unlikely victories that saved the American cause.

December 2016

November 2016

  • The Rochester Business Journal featured the School of Business’ new Trading Room in a recent issue. View the story.
  • Gene Stelzig, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Emeritus, penned an essay in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reflecting on the selection of Bob Dylan for the Nobel Prize in literature. As a junior faculty member at Geneseo in the 1970s, Stelzig had written about Dylan as a song poet. View the essay.
  • Faculty member Glenn McClure continues to receive attention in the media during his visit to Antarctica where he is with a team of climate scientists gathering information to compose music based on seismic data gathered at the Ross Ice Shelf. The story was picked up by and Health Medicine Network among other outlets.
  • Distinguished Professor of History Michael Oberg was a primary source in a “Christian Science Monitor” news story this week on protests by Native Americans and others surrounding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. View the story.
  • Jonna Anne, director of culinary operations for Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS), is quoted in a University Business story on the involvement of campus dining services in community outreach. Jonna reflects on the job-training opportunities CAS offers for students in the College’s LIVES (Learning Independent, Vocational and Educational Skills) program. Assistant executive chef Michelle Halloran also is featured in a photo accompanying the article. View the story

October 2016